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Le Bistro Esplanade

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French, Croatian
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Mihanoviceva 1, Zagreb 10000, Croatia
+385 1 4566 611
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Le Bistro has a strong heritage and history as the city's culinary...
Le Bistro has a strong heritage and history as the city's culinary innovator. Opened in 1986, as a small French type of restaurant, Le Bistro immediately took an important place in the everyday life of the capital. It was the first restaurant with the glass roof. Le Bistro hostesses were the first in town to wear silk uniforms. Also, Le Bistro was the first place where wine and champagne were served per glass. It is interesting that Le Bistro first served little chocolate with the coffee, and in 1989 Le Bistro was the first place in Croatia to serve the famous Italian dessert tiramisu and celebrate Valentine's Day. Today, this charming renovated restaurant is home to the legendary 'Esplanade Strukli' - traditional dish of Zagreb region - and the best in town! Le Bistro offers light breakfast, excellent coffee, awarded cakes, croissants, Menu du jour at just 19 EUR (3-course menu per Chef's choice with glass of house wine, coffee or tea), seasonal a la carte menu - available on App store for download and weekly promotional menus. Enjoy Le Bistro during breakfast, lunch or dinner inside or on the green terrace. Open every day from 9 am - 11 pm
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Good for:
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 59
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Snack

Could not be better, it offers a degree of informality with enough napery, good service and excellent food to make it the ideal 'pit stop' if you do not want the formality of an entire dinner/

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Edward D
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Paris, France
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Paris, France
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Could not be better, it offers a degree of informality with enough napery, good service and excellent food to make it the ideal 'pit stop' if you do not want the formality of an entire dinner/

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Rome, Italy
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

this restaurant has a casual atmosphere but the food is seriously good. The service was outstanding and their recommendations were usually accurate. They are not in a hurry to be done with you so if you don't ask for the check they will not bring it. Sometimes they will have special menu including appetitive, main course and dessert for 100... More 

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Dubrovnik, Dubrovacko-Neretvanska, Croatia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

very good place. wanted to do the ZInfandel but it was closed for renovation and since stayed at the hotel this was a natural choice. menu really nice, realization of it good to very good. The cod was so salty it wasnt edible and when I returned it the new plate came the same. Not good. They adapted to making... More 

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Zagreb, Croatia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I have visited the restaurant during the popular restaurant week. All I can say is - excellent. The staff was professional but kind and warm, the service was fast and unobtrusive and the food was...divine. 3 courses + couvert. The portions were more than enough and the taste was - 5* :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Staying at the Esplanade hotel (gorgeous old world charm!) and enjoyed late night dinner at the Bistro. Maria was awesome and highlighted the very affordable prix fixe restaurant week menu. The appetizers of Risotto with chorizo & corn and the salmon/Brie crostini were both delicious. For our main course, the Sea Bass was wonderful but the beef cheeks was enjoyed... More 

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Vernon, Connecticut
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Not only is the hotel far superior to others in the area but so is its Bistro! The menu offers both tradition and more modern options with a French twist. The wine list was very extensive and there were a number of options from the bar also. It is also refreshing when you see both tourists and locals eating here... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Disappointed with the food as it was not very nice. Most of the staff were lovely however one was miserable and it seemed an inconvenience to her to be serving us. Would not recommend.

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Zagreb, Croatia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 via mobile

I ate Cod pate with small crispy round balls of bread covered with olive oil. For the main course we had Cod on white and it was DEELICIOUS! YOU HAVE TO GO AND EAT!!! (BY THE WAY COD IS A TYPE OF FISH)

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San Antonio
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95 reviews 95 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Had dinner here twice. Staff very attentive. Menu varied. English spoken by all. Food of high quality. Good wine selections. Chef willing to modify. Small and cozy.

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Aberchirder
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63 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Part of the luxury Belle Epoque Esplanade Hotel and although of simple design still exudes the class you would expect in a 5-star establishment. The atmosphere however was relaxed and informal, with very friendly and knowledgeable waiters – Iva and Tomislav - who were happy to discuss the menu, wine list and even, at the end of the evening, British... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Mihanoviceva 1, Zagreb 10000, Croatia
  • Location: Europe  >  Croatia  >  Central Croatia  >  Zagreb
  • Phone Number: +385 1 4566 611

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 27
  • Cuisine: French, Croatian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

Le Bistro has a strong heritage and history as the city's culinary innovator. Opened in 1986, as a small French type of restaurant, Le Bistro immediately took an important place in the everyday life of the capital. It was the first restaurant with the glass roof. Le Bistro hostesses were the first in town to wear silk uniforms. Also, Le Bistro was the first place where wine and champagne were served per glass. It is interesting that Le Bistro first served little chocolate with the coffee, and in 1989 Le Bistro was the first place in Croatia to serve the famous Italian dessert tiramisu and celebrate Valentine's Day. Today, this charming renovated restaurant is home to the legendary 'Esplanade Strukli' - traditional dish of Zagreb region - and the best in town! Le Bistro offers light breakfast, excellent coffee, awarded cakes, croissants, Menu du jour at just 19 EUR (3-course menu per Chef's choice with glass of house wine, coffee or tea), seasonal a la carte menu - available on App store for download and weekly promotional menus. Enjoy Le Bistro during breakfast, lunch or dinner inside or on the green terrace. Open every day from 9 am - 11 pm

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